The Tamalpais Union High School District "is dedicated to the development of creative, passionate, and self-motivated learners." Its mission statement further states that students "will be offered meaningful experiences to enable them to access and critically analyze information, pose substantive questions, and communicate effectively." Thus the mission of the Library is two-fold -- to support the faculty in teaching students to think critically and independently and to provide a welcoming space for study, research, reflection, and the exchange of ideas. The Library staff considers it paramount that students learn habits of thinking that will enable them to make sound and informed decisions throughout their lives. An important part of this habit is the ability to locate, evaluate, and utilize appropriate information sources. It is the mission of the Library staff to teach students the research skills that will benefit them not only during their school years, but through their entire life. In other words, the mission of the Bessie Chin Library is to foster a supportive learning environment that ensures an appreciation of literature, information literacy and lifelong learning.
The library will serve the intellectual and educational needs of the school
in varied ways: by providing intellectual and physical access to materials
in all formats; by providing instruction to foster competence and stimulate
interest in reading, viewing, and using information and ideas; through
acquisition of and assistance with new technologies of service and instruction;
and through provision of materials to incite and excite recreational reading.
The library will provide a facility to serve the intellectual and educational
needs of the school through the provision and coordination of meeting areas,
viewing areas, classroom and production areas.
It is a goal of the Redwood High School Library staff to provide an atmosphere
conducive to learning, yet one which is comfortable, pleasing and relaxing.
It is a goal of the library to work with other educators to design learning
strategies to meet the needs of classes and individual students.
In order to service the library's community of patrons and achieve the
goals enumerated above, the following objectives are established for the
Library at Redwood High School:
It is the responsibility of the school library media specialist to take
the lead in translating the mission, goals, and objectives into programs
that make effective access to information and ideas a reality. However,
achievement of this mission at the school level also requires:
The library will provide materials which will support the individual curricula
of the school through a comprehensive selection process which involves
library staff, students and teachers.
The library will provide materials which will support the educational enrichment
needs of students: materials which will amplify and expand upon the curriculum
which is offered and materials which go beyond the scope of the present
The library will provide for materials which offer remedial assistance
to students. It will provide for low-reading level, high interest level
materials which will spark interest amongst users of such materials.
The library will, in cooperation with the Career Center staff, provide
for career-oriented materials which will assist students in making career
choices as well as materials for students seeking information on institutions
of higher learning; it will provide material assistance for those seeking
information on college applications, college essays, finances and scholarship
The library will provide for recreational reading interests of students
through the provision of materials in fiction and non-fiction -- for all
students at all levels of reading development and shall include works which
fall into many genres: classics as well a popular fiction.
The library will provide auxiliary materials which will assist teachers
in the implementation of their curriculum, in conformity with objectives
enumerated in Information Power: Guidelines for school library media
The library will provide intellectual access to information through systematic
learning activities which develop cognitive strategies for selecting, retrieving,
analyzing, evaluating, synthesizing, and creating information at all age
levels and in all curriculum content areas.
The library will provide physical access to information through (a) a carefully
selected and systematically organized collection of diverse learning resources,
representing a wide range of subjects, levels of difficulty, communication
formats, and technological delivery systems; (b) access to information
and materials outside the library media center and the school building
through such mechanisms as interlibrary loan, networking and other cooperative
agreements, and online searching of databases; and (c) providing instruction
in the operation of equipment necessary to use the information in any format.
The library will provide learning experiences that encourage users to become
discriminating consumers and skilled creators of information through introduction
to the full range of communications media and the use of new and emerging
information technologies such as distance learning and the Internet.
The library will provide leadership, instruction and consulting assistance
in the use of instructional and information technology and the use of sound
instructional design principles.
The library will provide resources and activities that contribute to lifelong
learning, while accommodating a wide range of differences in teaching and
learning styles and in instructional methods, interests, and capacities.
The library will provide a facility that functions as the information center
of the school, as a locus for integrated, interdisciplinary, intergrade,
and school-wide learning activities.
The library will provide resources and learning activities that represent
a diversity of experiences, opinions, social and cultural perspectives,
supporting the concept that intellectual freedom and access to information
are prerequisite to effective and responsible citizenship in a democracy.
full integration of the library media program into the curriculum,
a partnership among the school library media specialist, district-level
personnel, administrators, teachers and parents; the serious commitment
of each of those partners to the value of universal and unrestricted access
to information and ideas.
of the Bessie Chin Library are expected to:
it in a way that allows others to be productive
of other people and their property
food and drink out of the library, including chewing gum
Collection development is a universal process for libraries and information
It is the process of identifying the strengths and weaknesses of a library's
materials collection in terms of patron needs and community resources and
attempting to correct existing weaknesses, if any. Collection development
is the process of making certain the information needs of the people using
the collection are met in a timely and economical manner, using information
resources produced both inside and outside of the organization.
Collection development on the whole is an art, not a science. It is
subjected to value judgments and is, at times, a highly personal process.
The librarian must constantly keep in mind the purposes of the library
in which he/she works, and the reason that the library exists: to serve
the patrons of the library's community.
The librarian's value judgments must be kept secondary to what the community
of patrons wants and demands. It is the community's values which are primary.
It may be stated then, that the framework of collection development
is a framework of values. These values are the values of the community
which the library/media center serves.
Collection development should be geared primarily to identified needs
rather than to abstract standards of quality. In order to be effective,
it must be responsive to the total community's needs, not just those of
active users. Careful thought must be given to selection of materials which
might attract non-users. Collection development, therefore, must be carried
out with a very active knowledge of the community; be that community one
of a school, a district, a university, or a city or town.
Collection development should be carried out with knowledge of and participation
in cooperative programs at the local, regional, national and international
levels. It should consider all information formats for inclusion in the
It should be further stated that collection development is not something
that one learns entirely in the classroom or from reading. As noted earlier,
it is a process -- a dynamic process in which those who are active in collection
development bring into play their experience and their knowledge -- knowledge
both of subject and of community.
Collection development is a process which is constantly fine-tuned and
altered to keep in step with the community and its needs: it ". . . is
an exciting challenge which requires lifelong learning." In order to approach
collection development in a systematic way, there is a need to minimize
the variables in the collection development process. To this end policies
and statements of intent, policies of selection, selection criteria, and
evaluation procedure must be narrowed and committed to the written form.
Just as there is a need for law to be codified and committed to writing
in order for it to be a valid and common reference point, so too must collection
policies of libraries be written. And, like "living law", collection development
policies should breathe life: ever capable of change and growth.
The gathered collation of all the policies and statements of community,
community needs, selection, acquisition, use, de-selection and evaluation
becomes the library's Collection Development Policy.
It is this policy which guides future collection, selection, de-selection,
and evaluation. The following is the Collection Development Policy Statement
of the Bessie Chin Library, Redwood High School, Larkspur, California.
Being a "living document," one which is capable of change and one which
is flexible enough to meet the changing needs of the community of patrons,
this document is open to comment and suggestion for change. Such comments
and suggestions are welcomed by the library staff and should be directed
to the Library Media Teacher.
The following policies and statements of the American Library Association
are hereby adopted for use at the Bessie Chin Library and are induded in
the Library's Collection Development policy by reference.
These policies and documents constitute the foundations of this Library's
philosophy and should be read in that context.
The following policies and statements of the American Library Association
are hereby adopted:
Library Bill of Rights
Free Access to Libraries for Minors
Regulations, Policies, and Procedures Affecting Access to Library Resources
Statement on Labeling
Library Access for Children and Young People to Videotapes and Other Non
Expurgation of Library Materials
Diversity in Collection Development
Evaluating Library Collections
Restricted Access to Library Materials
Library-Initiated Programs as a Resource
Access to Resources and Services in the School Library Media Program
The Universal Right to Free Expression
Dealing with Concerns About Library Resources
Freedom to Read
Policy Concerning Confidentiality of Personally Identifiable Information
about Library Users
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